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Old 09-18-2009, 10:46   #16
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IMO There is something worse and far more insidious than the Power Point slide concerning the military decision making process; and that is the use of an attorney in the real time combat decision process.

Sorry its an old post but...

We just were talking about this and I concur--the injection of a lawyer in combat is analogous to the Soviet Political Officer--a waste of time, resources, and a weakening of the Chain of Command.
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Old 09-18-2009, 13:44   #17
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...the use of an attorney in the real time combat decision process...
Put him on point - if he survives the first encounter, he may have some advice worth listening to.

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Old 09-29-2009, 19:36   #18
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One more for the love of Power Point...

http://www.edwardtufte.com/tufte/nytimes_1203
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Old 10-02-2009, 09:12   #19
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I donno, I'm not trying to start anything, but blaming PowerPoint for poor decision making and poor management is like blaming guns for crime.

Poor leaders and poor managers make for poor leadership and management.

PowerPoint's just a tool to be used or abused; it's not an acceptable rational or excuse for the people who abuse it or allow themselves to be abused by it. Decision makers who believe that PPT has all the answers are the same guys who would've been reading tea leaves and tossin' goat's knuckles a century ago. Fifty years ago they would've flipped a coin; now they flip a slide.

There have always been leaders who were more interested in whether the door knobs and latrine drains were Brasso'ed and shiny than whether their units could fight. So now instead of painting rocks white along the edge of the driveway, some poor Joe's worrying over Arial vs. Times New Roman.

I feel the author's pain, but PowerPoint's no more than the newest spin on an old take. Decision makers who get caught short and then blame it on PowerPoint are just marginal performers looking for an excuse.

My .02 FWIW.
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Old 12-03-2009, 13:43   #22
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Sorry its an old post but...

We just were talking about this and I concur--the injection of a lawyer in combat is analogous to the Soviet Political Officer--a waste of time, resources, and a weakening of the Chain of Command.
Shouldn't that be after combat? When they arrive in time to bayonet the wounded . . .
. . . just before the Finance Officer strips the dead.
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You know I don't even know how to use Power Point if it bit me in the ass..... But why is every on making such a fuss about it?

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